Steamboat briefs: Matthew Jones named to Seaver College dean’s list

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Matthew Jones, a 2012 graduate of Heritage Christian School, has been named to the Seaver College dean’s list at Pepperdine University for fall semester.

To be named to the list, a student must be in the top 10 percent of his or her class and maintain a 3.5 or better GPA. This year, Jones was one of 290 students to receive the honor.

Vertical Express for Can Do MS set for Feb. 24

Vertical Express for Can Do MS is Feb. 24 at Steamboat Ski Area. To participate in the fundraiser — which benefits Can Do MS, a national nonprofit based in Edwards that helps families living with multiple sclerosis — skiers and snowboarders are asked to raise a minimum of $250. Those who raise $500 will receive a free lift ticket to access the day’s activities, which include a giant slalom race and other on-snow events as well as a party.

“This event series has successfully raised over $11 million in its 28-year history, which began when Can Do MS founder and Olympic ski racing medalist Jimmie Heuga organized the first Snow Express for MS in Alyeska, Alaska,” Can Do MS President and CEO Heidi Heltzel said in a news release.

The nonprofit hopes to raise $20,000 this year. Register at www.mscando.org/verticalexpress or call 800-367-3101 or 508-404-7222..

Medical practice selected for Primary Care Initiative

Yampa Valley Medical Associates in Steamboat Springs was selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, which fosters collaboration between public and private health care payers to strengthen primary care, according to a news release.

The practice is one of 74 selected in Colorado and one of nearly 500 practices across the U.S. participating in the initiative.

Yampa Valley Medical Associates was selected after undergoing an application process evaluating use of electronic health records, experience with advanced primary care delivery and utilization of quality improvement processes, among other things.

The purpose of the initiative is to use care coordination, patient access and involvement, and data reporting from a medical home model to improve health care quality and delivery while reducing health care costs, according to the release.

Throughout the program, which began in November 2012 and continues for four years, Yampa Valley Medical Associates must meet milestones requiring reporting and collaboration among participating providers, insurance payers and the program to share feedback, results and best practices in implementing change, according to the release. Medicare will offer bonus payments to primary care doctors who better coordinate care for their patients.

Find more information about the initiative at www.innovations.cms.gov/initiatives/Comprehensive-Primary-Care-Initiative/index.html.

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